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Hong Kong's Provisional Airport Authority has shortlisted 16 groups of consultants, 11 of which include British firms, for a series of design packages on the colony's £8,000 million airport development.Several firms have already complained that the shortlists are too long and involve a disproportionate amount of work for what they see is a slim chance of winning assignments.The work covers permanent and temporary utilities; drainage and sewerage systems; irrigation networks; domestic ferry piers and other marine facilities; airfield tunnels; airfield pavements; airfield ground lighting and apron floodlighting.Most of the groups have qualified to bid for all the packages. All of the consultancies are expected to be awarded by the end this year.The successful outfits will have between 12 and 18 months to prepare their plans before construction and supply tenders are issued.Consultants have also been invited to prequalify for a second lot of design contracts.Details of the firms selected for these are expected to be released at the beginning of the New Year.